KAAM

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KAAM
City of license Garland, Texas
Broadcast area Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex
Branding Legends 770: K-Double-AM
Slogan "Music you "love," Pros you trust
Frequency 770 kHz
First air date 1990 as KPBC
Format Oldies/MOR
Power 10,000 Watts (day)
1,000 Watts (Night)
Class B
Facility ID 17303
Transmitter coordinates 33°1′58.00″N 96°34′31.00″W / 33.0327778°N 96.5752778°W / 33.0327778; -96.5752778
Former callsigns KPBC (1990-1999)
Owner Donald B. Crawford, Jr.
(DJRD Broadcasting, LLC)
Website www.kaamradio.com

KAAM, known as "K-Double-A-M", is an AM radio station broadcasting in the Dallas/Fort Worth "Metroplex" with a format of nostalgic/oldies, plus financial, health and lifestyle programs. This station is licensed in Garland, Texas, USA and is owned and operated by DJRD Broadcasting, LLC. KAAM is a Class B station operating on the frequency of 770 AM.

History[edit]

The KAAM format began when the city of Dallas sold WRR, its AM station on 1310 kHz, to Bonneville Broadcasting in January 1978. In 1921, WRR (now known as KTCK) had been the first licensed radio station west of the Mississippi River, and only the second in the U.S. Because the city was going to retain the WRR call letters for its classical music FM station, Bonneville changed the 1310 call letters of the AM station to KAAM and added an FM station on 92.5 with the callsign KAFM. KAAM lasted on 1310 for many years, finally selling the station to Susquehanna Radio Corporation on February 8, 1994, which changed the call letters to KTCK (The "Ticket") and the format to all-sports.

Meanwhile, KPBC (the call letters stood for Percy B. Crawford, founder of Crawford Broadcasting) originally broadcast on 1040 kHz as a daytime-only station and changed frequencies to 770 kHz when Crawford completed the construction to create KPBC 770 in 1990 as a 24/7 station. The call letters were changed to KAAM on October 19, 1999.

In 1999, KAAM (formerly on AM 620 kHz) and its Nostalgic/Oldies format were once again revived on 770 kHz in Garland, Texas, by another owner/enthusiast. This time, the station is branded as Legends 77. It was since then divested by Crawford in Mid-2007 and sold to his son, Don Crawford, Jr.

On March 1, 2010, KAAM added a talk block to its weekday lineup. From 1pm to 4pm daily, a rotation of medical and financial programs dubbed "Ask the Pros" takes the place of regular music programming.

KAAM formerly broadcast using HD Radio, however discontinued in 2010.

According to an editorial message broadcast by Don Crawford, Jr., current owner, the 2013 rating statistics indicate that KAAM is the most listened to AM radio station airing the Nostalgic formet in the United States online via the internet.

Personalities[edit]

Current on-air personalities include Dave Tanner, Mary Rose, Jack Davis and Ray Van Steen.

Former notable personalities include Hermann Bockelmann (died September 12, 2013),[1] Ken "Hubcap" Carter (died February 2004);[2] Jim Thomas; "Deacon" Don Evans (died July 2001);[3] Leon McWhorter (aka Jay Roberts); Robin Jones; "McGregor" (Benn); Stubie Doak; Dave Mitchell; Russ Martin; Jack Bishop; Linda Martin; Cary Richards; and Eddie Hubbard (died in March 2007).[4]

Jaan McCoy hosted "The Breakfast Club" early weekdays for many years but has re-located his radio personality to Greenville, Texas.

Hermann Bockelmann's weekly program "Europe Today" is being re-aired weekly as "The Best of Bockelmann"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FindAGrave". Memorial page. Retrieved November 13, 2013. 
  2. ^ "FindAGrave". Memorial page. Retrieved November 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ "FindAGrave". Memorial page. Retrieved November 13, 2013. 
  4. ^ "FindAGrave". Memorial page. Retrieved November 13, 2013. 

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